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Replicating Success: Social Enterprises and the Waste Sector in London - WR0501

Description
It is an increasingly mainstream policy presumption that social enterprises have a valuable role to play in the delivery of public services in the UK; and their involvement in the delivery of a sustainable waste management system is part of that presumption. However, formal evidence of the social and economic benefits delivered by social enterprises is either absent or unconvincing; while the mechanisms by which the State can best enable social enterprises to deliver these benefits are, at best, ill-understood.

This research aims to address both these gaps. Through an intensive programme of case study investigation, centred on an innovative, LDA-funded support programme called ENHANCE, the research will provide both qualitative and quantitative evidence on the nature and scale of potential social and economic benefits; will identify the critical success factors necessary for these benefits to be secured; will deduce the possible implications at national and regional level if successes were replicated more widely; and will identify the policy implications of pursuing this replication.

The overarching aim of the project is to examine the evidence of the social and economic benefits delivered by social enterprises in the delivery of a sustainable waste management system.

This project is co-funded by the LDA.
Objective
The primary objective is to provide both qualitative and quantitative evidence on the nature and scale of potential social and economic benefits of social enterprises involved in delivering sustainable waste management; to identify the critical factors necessary for these benefits to be secured; to deduce the possible implications at national and regional levels if successes were replicated more widely; and to identify the policy implications of pursuing this replication.

The underlying objectives are:

1. to identify and research 8 case studies of relevant London-based social enterprises; encompassing factors of success/failure and wider socio-economic benefits, and to report on findings within a progress report.

2. based on case study results and desktop research, to derive metrics of succes/failure and identify key socio-economic impacts, and to report on findings within a progress report.

3. to identify 8 case study social enterprises through the Enhance programmes for a support programme testing the metrics derived in the earlier objective.

4. to monitor and evaluate Phase 2 case studies against the metrics developed in Objective 2 to track the impact of the programme on performance and wider socio-economic outcomes, and to report on findings within a progress report.

5. to synthesise the results of completed research using scenario analysis to assess the impact of replication at the national level, and present the results in the final project report.

Project Documents
• Final Report : Replicating Success: Social Enterprises and the Waste Sector in London - Final Report (WR0501)   (614k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2007

Cost: £280,888
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Brook Lyndhurst, London Remade Ltd
Keywords
Economic Research              
Environment              
Environmental Protection              
Policy Development              
Social Dimension              
Social Research              
Sustainable Consumption and Production              
Sustainable Development              
Understanding socio-economic benefits of recycling              
Waste              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management